Intergalactic Alliance (IGA)
An alliance of alien species bound together by common laws, technology, and a monetary system.
Intergalactic Library (IGL)
A compendium of knowledge added to by all members of the IGA. The IGL is “free” to use — after paying for the building and staffing of a library and quantum computers connected to the mainframe.
The mainframe infrastructure upkeep and maintenance is paid for by a portion of the IGA membership taxes.
Admittance into the IGA is a much politics as it is economic. Induction into the IGA can occur in only one of two ways. First, one of the member species becomes a Benefactor for the species to be Inducted, shielding the client and IGA from one another as they become acclimated. The expectation of Induction is that the client species will pay a percentage of its entire species’ income to the Benefactor species for a negotiated amount of time (often measured in millennia).
The second and far less common method of Induction is to invite a fully Sentient and technologically advanced species into the IGA as a full member.
Species that fall into the client member status can and do Induct other species that they find.
A negotiated percentage paid to the Benefactor species for Induction into the IGA. The tithe is calculated both on the amount of genetic work needed to bring the client into sentience and the amount of technology, money, and resources provided.
The tithe isn’t set; the percentage and/or duration can increase or decrease based on circumstances and need.
The tithe affects all areas of a client’s economy: raw materials, finished goods, Kredit income, and soldiers. On a quarterly basis, a client’s output is audited, and the tithe taken. Soldiers are often paid in the form of gametes, with the raw materials taken to grow, house, and support them.
IGA Alien Species This list isn’t exhaustive, and represents only those species introduced in this book.
A founding member of the IGA, and Humanity’s Benefactor species. Deep recon units made contact with the First Exiles and negotiated their Induction when the Earth and Sol system were still under Choxen and Siloth control.
Their inverted teardrop-shaped heads rest atop slender necks. Breathing and speaking gills rustle along the back edge, and their eyes are black and cloudy. Small arms with delicate hands attach to the long trunk in order to use tools.
Despite their part in placing the Tithe upon Humanity, the Prehson are venerated as saviors of the Human race.
Where you find the Prehson, you will find the Car-karniss. It was the first species to be Inducted by the Prehson, and their Induction precedes the formation of the IGA. No one is sure how long their tithe lasts.
They are two meters tall at minimum, and their snouts are filled with sharp teeth. They are warriors and guards, and their culture is based around prowess in all those things. They use their tail for balance as well as a weapon, and the females of their species are just as likely to be soldiers as are the males.
Another client species of the Prehson. They are feathered, bipedal birds. Large beaks and claws are used only in ritual combat settings. Their vestigial wings end in small, three-fingered hands that they can use to manipulate the world. Fragile in combat, they are excellent starship captains.
Another of the Prehson’s Client species. The Foralli are simian in construction but with scales that are so fine as to be almost fur-like. Their bodies are short compared with their long arms.
A founding member of the IGA. Their small stature (60 — 61 cm) and strange body construction doesn’t lend itself front-line combat. They are, however, excellent scientists, technicians, and above all, merchants. They rival the Prehson in economic, territorial, and (through Inductees) military power. Their strangely proportioned body developed as a product of their water-covered home world. Translucence of skin tone denotes status, with clearer indicating distance from the surface, the sun, and the menial labor that it implies.
A client species of the Ordeiky. These are six-legged, jaguar-like Sentients. When working, they rear back onto their hind legs and use the opposable thumbs of their front arms. They make excellent technicians and scouts. Their undercoat is a solid color and has a metallic sheen over top. Many of their social lines are drawn around and between coat color.
Relative giants compared to their Ordeiky Benefactors. They were an overly warlike species before the Ordeiky Inducted them, and while they are intelligent, they maintain much of their tribal aggression. They carry vehicle-grade weapons into battle, and their overlapping scales provide them with a natural armor.
A fully Inducted species within the IGA. They are a hive species, with a single queen, a few exceptional males as gamete providers, and many castes of obedient, almost mindless drones. The exception is a “new” caste of starship officers that are intelligent and capable of novel and independent thought, as there is a maximum distance of the connection that binds the Queen and workers.
It is one of the few species that doesn’t use some sort of technology in its birthing process, as doing so inhibits the development of the mental connection between Queen and subjects.
They look like two-meter preying mantises. The forearms of the warrior caste are sharp and bladed; they have triangular heads and faceted eyes. Colors differ depending on the Queen and her family heritage.